Charlie Dane – Dreamland – Album Review
Over the years we’ve seen rock-pop and even singer/songwriter music slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, and highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” & I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, and Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference, but not everyone is entertained. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something raw, something that’s showcases talent. Something the pushes the envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t sound like the usual popish suspects.
So across my desk slides the new CD by New York based rock sensation Charlie Dane entitled “Dreamland” released in 2012. I have to say this is one of the hottest up and coming artists I’ve ever heard – period! First: she’s 13 years old. Second: she’s a very capable songwriter. Third: her looks and vocal abilities are to die for. Fourth: this latest release will simply put a smile on your face with it’s amazing blend of guitar driven pop and classic rock. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers world class songwriting with a fresh rocked out sound. Dane reminds me of a cross between Cheryl Crow and Jewel but her voice has more or a marketable attribute reminiscent of say a Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, and even Fergie. You will also hear a side of Power Pop, and Modern Dance within each piece of music. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. My favorite track is probably “Past the Point.” For the record there isn’t a weak song on this entire record. At the end of the day it an extremely danceable, marketable and likeable release – very much like the artist herself.
“Dreamland” by Charlie Dane is clearly a rock solid release with many feel grooves with an infectious singer/songwriter persona. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at a budding new artist from New York that brings to the table a plethora of talent. It also takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well Nikelback and Brittany Spears.
Written byKevin Huber. Edited by Cyus Rhodes